Bone marrow failure, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant , Uncategorized
Aplastic Anemia or Dyskeratosis Congenita? Unclear Diagnosis Demands a Difficult Decision

Having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is heart-wrenching for all parents, but when the diagnosis itself is uncertain, parents can face excruciatingly difficult decisions. This is what Katie and Josh Stevens of Idaho confronted after their son Riley was diagnosed in October 2012 with the blood disorder aplastic […]

March 28, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children , Coping with Cancer
How Can Social Workers Help Cancer Patients?

A cancer diagnosis affects every area of a person’s life. The journey is both challenging and costly, and many experiencing it for the first time feel lost about how they should handle the changes cancer brings. That’s where social workers step in. “Our role is to help patients think through […]

March 25, 2016
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Cervical Cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #6: Cervical Cancer Research, Treatment and Prevention

Although cervical cancer incidence and death rates have decreased thanks to regular screenings, thousands of women in the U.S. are still affected by the disease every year. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Ursula Matulonis, MD, medical director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program in the Susan F. Smith Center for […]

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Care for children , Jimmy Fund Clinic
Think Pink: Annual ‘Pig Day’ Brings Smiles to Jimmy Fund Clinic

Bigger and pinker each year, the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center’s annual Pig Party was held on March 4, marking the seventh celebration of a beloved tradition on National Pig Day. “The Pig Party was started by a patient more than eight years go, which is what makes […]

March 24, 2016
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention , Treatments and Procedures
What Are False-Positive Test Results, and What Causes Them?

Tests for the presence of cancer are far from infallible. Sometimes they fail to detect an existing cancer – a false-negative result – but a far more common problem is false positives. These are findings that suggest cancer is present when, in reality, it isn’t. False positives cause patients needless […]

March 23, 2016
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Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Rectal cancer
Can We Treat Colorectal Cancer With Immunotherapy?

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). It is posted here with minor edits. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. About 134,490 people are estimated to be diagnosed with and about 49,190 are expected to die from colorectal […]

March 21, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult , Precision Cancer Medicine
How Precision Cancer Care Saved a Life

Ronaldo de Oliveira was close to death. The 33-year-old father of two young children had been diagnosed with myeloid sarcoma, a rare form of leukemia that worsened despite treatment with six different chemotherapy regimens. His wife pleaded with his oncologist, Richard Stone, MD, director of the Adult Leukemia Program at […]

March 18, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Rectal cancer
What Can I Eat if I Have Colorectal Cancer?

This post was originally published in March 2016. Colorectal cancer and its treatments can often impact the way the body digests foods, fluids and absorbs nutrients. For patients and survivors, incorporating healthy, plant-based foods and lean protein into your diet can help your body stay strong and nourished during and […]

March 17, 2016
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Care for children , Fertility Preservation
Cancer Treatment and Fertility: Acting Now to Have Children Later

This post originally appeared on Notes, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Health Blog. With over 75 percent of children diagnosed with cancer surviving into adulthood, more and more parents ask questions about the quality of life survivors can expect in the future, including: Will my child be able to have children down […]

March 16, 2016
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General interest , Survivorship
If You Don’t Mind Me Asking — Dating, Post-Cancer

This post originally appeared in the Love U column of the Daily Trojan, the student newspaper of the University of Southern California. By Eva Grant I was talking to Dan on Tinder. A witty back and forth. I’m good at that. We were joking about a Greek myth. “So,” he […]

March 14, 2016
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Care for children , Neuroblastoma, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Young Neuroblastoma Patient and Family Make New Home at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Bridgette West sparkled last fall in the “Fight Song” music video created by patients at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. But before the 2-year-old became a social media standout with her dancing, she and her family faced challenges that went far beyond a cancer diagnosis. In the summer […]

March 11, 2016
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Metastatic breast cancer , Podcasts , Research , Treatments and Procedures
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #5: What’s New in Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment and Research

Although there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, new developments in treatment and research are helping patients live longer and experience a better quality of life. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Eric Winer, MD, director of Breast Oncology Program in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers […]

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Brain tumors , Care for adults , Research , Treatments and Procedures
The Latest Research and Treatment for Adult Brain Tumors

Historically, brain tumors have been some of the most challenging types of cancers. A protective barrier around the brain—called the “blood-brain barrier”—can prevent cancer treatments from reaching the tumor. Recently, increased interest in immunotherapy has given new hope to getting through this barrier. “We know the immune system can get […]

March 10, 2016
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Breast cancer , Care for adults
What Is HER2-Positive Breast Cancer?

HER2-positive breast cancer is a subtype of breast cancer that affects about 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Around fifty percent of HER2-positive cancers also have hormone receptors for estrogen and/or progresterone. HER2, which stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, is a gene in the cancer cell that […]

March 9, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Patient’s ‘Smile Cards’ Bring Inspiration to Others

When you’re spending days on end in a hospital bed, it’s the little things that can make all the difference. That’s what Jess Moran learned when she spent 30 consecutive days in the hospital in 2014 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Every day, Moran, then 25, would receive […]

March 7, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
The Best Foods for a Cancer Patient’s Pantry [Infographic]

A pantry stocked with healthy food is an important part of a cancer patient’s treatment; with the right foods, patients can strengthen their immune system, reduce side effects of treatment, and potentially lower risk of recurrence. But which foods are best? Patients should stick to a plant-based diet filled with […]

March 4, 2016
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Cancer research , Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
How Does Alcohol Cause Cancer?

This blog post was originally published on the Cancer Research UK science blog. It is reposted here with minor edits.   In a cabinet in London’s British Museum nestles a 5,300 year-old wedged-shaped tablet called a cuneiform. On its surface is scrawled one of the earliest forms of written language […]

March 3, 2016
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Cancer research , Immunotherapy
What Makes Cancer Cells Different from Normal Cells?

Although they may seem like foreign invaders, cancer cells develop out of normal body cells and tissues. Over a period of years, damage to the DNA of healthy cells disrupts their orderly growth, leading to the formation of malignant tumors. Cancer cells may contain thousands of mutations – alterations in […]

March 2, 2016
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Care for adults , Non-small cell lung cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
How a Car Accident Helped Diagnose Lung Cancer

We all know what to expect following a car accident: insurance claims, whiplash, maybe even a broken bone. Cancer, though? Not so common. For 40-year-old Laura Greco, this is what happened following a collision on a snowy day in February 2015.   If I hadn’t been in the car accident, […]

February 29, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
How Genetics Can Help Predict — and Sometimes Stop — Childhood Cancers

Amy Kindstedt hates cancer, but the 9-year-old is very thankful for one thing: Because genetic testing on her baby brother Hunter revealed he had the same genetic mutation she did, his cancer was caught much earlier –  possibly sparing him the same level of intense treatment she endured. The mapping […]

February 26, 2016
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Leukemias , Multiple Myeloma , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #4: The Latest Research in Multiple Myeloma and Leukemia

With new research in immunotherapy and targeted therapy, treatment options for blood cancer patients are rapidly expanding. Combination therapies have also caused much excitement among researchers and physicians, and ongoing clinical trials are continuing to look at new strategies that use multiple drugs for fighting these diseases. In this Cancer […]

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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
Grass-Fed Beef and Wild Fish: Hype or Healthy Choices?

By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or downright frustrated by the trendy marketing terms used to sell food? You’re not alone! Let’s break down the science, evidence and current recommendations surrounding claims for beef and fish. The most recent report from the World Health Organization […]

February 25, 2016
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Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
How Long Does Radiation Stay in Your Body After Treatment?

Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy has long been a mainstay of cancer treatment. It uses high-energy waves or particles such as x-rays, gamma rays, electrons, or protons to destroy or damage tumor cells. Radiation creates small breaks within the DNA of cancer cells, preventing the cells from growing […]

February 24, 2016
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Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
For Cancer Survivor, Treatment Is About More Than Just Medicine

By Erin Cummings As a 44-year survivor of childhood cancer, I never would have imagined that patients could be treated in a place as warm and inviting as Dana-Farber. Each time I come for follow-up care, or as a member of the Art and Environment Committee that helps select artwork […]

February 22, 2016
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Care for adults
After Cancer Diagnosis, Dana-Farber Staffer Makes a Platelet Promise

Tim Maxton donated platelets a few times during the first two years he worked at Dana-Farber, but his commitment to the life-saving procedure took on new meaning in the summer of 2014. That’s when Maxton, then 52, was diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing surgery that July to remove the tumor, […]

February 19, 2016
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Breast cancer , Care for adults
What Is Hormone-Positive Breast Cancer?

Hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer (HR+) is the most common subtype of breast cancer, affecting roughly 65 to 75 percent of breast cancer patients. It is one of several subtypes of breast cancer determined by the presence or absence of estrogen and/or progesterone hormone receptors. When patients are diagnosed with HR+ breast […]

February 18, 2016
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Cancer research , Melanoma , Research
The Cell that Caused Melanoma: Cancer’s Surprise Origins, Caught in Action

This post originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s science and clinical innovation blog. It’s long been a mystery why some of our cells can have mutations associated with cancer, yet are not truly cancerous. Now researchers have, for the first time, watched a cancer spread from a single cell […]

February 17, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Sex and Cancer: What Young Adult Patients Should Know

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in the way patients feel about their bodies and about sex. Some may feel disconnected from their bodies after chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and surgery, while others undergo major physical changes such as early menopause or erectile disfunction. “If sex is different than it used […]

February 15, 2016
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Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
For College Athlete-Turned Transplant Patient, Life’s Still a Ball

The first time a stem cell transplant recipient leaves his or her quarantined hospital room marks a significant milestone. In the case of Dana Mendes, this move toward independence included an additional step: chasing a ball through the hallways with a stick. For Mendes, 18, it was a return to […]

February 12, 2016
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Ovarian cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #3: The Latest in Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Research

Although ovarian cancer can sometimes be difficult to treat, researchers and physicians are finding new ways to approach the disease, making way for promising alternatives to the traditional chemotherapy treatments. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Ursula Matulonis, MD, Panos Konstantinopoulos, MD, PhD, and Susana Campos, MD, MPH, from the Gynecologic […]

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Blood Cancer , Cancer research
The Latest Research in Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia and Other Blood Cancers

The last two years have been very exciting for blood cancer research; many new targeted therapies and immunotherapies are improving treatment outcomes for patients with lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma. “We’re starting to see a lot of hematologic malignancies benefit from immunotherapy,” says Irene Ghobrial, MD. “The excitement is there […]

February 11, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Immunotherapy , Treatments and Procedures
What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?

New drugs that stimulate the patient’s immune system to attack tumors have achieved some dramatic and long-lasting benefits in several forms of cancer. A few drugs are already approved for wide use and many more are in the research pipeline. Because these immunotherapy agents work differently than chemotherapy, they can […]

February 10, 2016
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Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Nine-Year-Old Honors Dad’s Cancer Journey by Supporting Other Patients

Peter Silveira took to calling his daughter, Hannah, a good luck charm during his treatment for gray-zone lymphoma in 2014-15. Now, with her dad’s cancer in remission, the grade-schooler – who accompanied him to several of his treatments at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) – has taken it upon […]

February 8, 2016
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Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
Ten Ways to Lower Your Cancer Risk

Although there is no fool-proof method for preventing cancer, there are steps you can take to lower your risk for developing disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, knowing your family history and undergoing regular screenings can all help reduce your risk of serious health issues like cancer. As February marks National Cancer […]

February 5, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children
From Massachusetts to Myanmar, Making Cancer Care a Global Effort

Each February 4, people everywhere are encouraged to take steps toward improving cancer awareness, prevention, and care on World Cancer Day. But for Dana-Farber staff working with colleagues in dozens of under-resourced countries, every day provides opportunities to help cancer patients worldwide. The Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer […]

February 4, 2016
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Care for adults , Integrative Therapies
Empowering Patients with Music

Whether it’s creating a work of art, taking time to meditate, or chronicling their experience through a blog, cancer patients find many creative ways to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. In many cases, music can also help patients express their physical and emotional challenges, and a new mobile recording […]

February 3, 2016
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Care for adults , Leukemias , Patient Stories, Adult
Leukemia Patient Soars to Recovery

Chris Potter was not a fan of flying, until a group of pilots he had never met transported him to his life-saving care team. Potter, then 42, was struggling through a relapse of acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2011. His cancer was not responding to treatment, and he required at least […]

February 1, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #2: The Truth About BRCA Testing and Genetic Risk

Although only a small percentage of breast cancers are considered hereditary, genetic testing and cancer risk — specifically the BRCA1/2 genes — have made many headlines in recent years. But what exactly does it mean to have a BRCA mutation, and what do women need to know? In this Cancer […]

January 29, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Precision Cancer Medicine
In Precision Medicine, Pioneering Young Patient Teaches Veteran Doctor

Allison Schablein seems an unlikely candidate to teach medicine to Mark Kieran. She’s an 8–year-old New Hampshire second grader who loves basketball, hip hop, acrobatic dancing and jewelry. He’s a pediatric neuro-oncologist with a PhD in molecular biology, not to mention decades of clinical and research experience. But teach Kieran, […]

January 28, 2016
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Cancer research , Cervical Cancer , Immunotherapy
Targeted Therapy, Immunotherapy Among Top Research Areas for Cervical Cancer

Cancers of the cervix are diagnosed in more than 12,000 women in the United States every year. Worldwide, the annual tally of new cases reaches more than half a million. The biggest advance against the disease in recent years has come in the area of prevention. Vaccination against the human […]

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Care for adults , Care for children , Coping with Cancer
New Friendships Form During Annual ‘Girls Weekend’

During Dana-Farber’s annual Girls Weekend, 25 girls ages 13-25 relaxed with a few days of shopping, makeovers and fun with new friends who understand what it’s like to have cancer as a young girl. The girls, who are all patients at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, spent […]

January 27, 2016
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Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Result Mean I’ll Get Cancer?

If you’re a woman age 21 to 65, you probably know that getting a Pap test is a part of routine health screenings. The test, usually taken every three years, is used to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cervical cancer. But what does […]

January 25, 2016
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General interest , Risk and Prevention
Which Cancers Are On the Rise?

In its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, the National Cancer Institute reported that between 2002-2011, colorectal cancer and lung cancer rates dropped among men and women in the United States. Despite these gains, statistics showed higher rates of both thyroid cancer and liver cancer. The […]

January 22, 2016
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Care for adults , Health Topics , Integrative Therapies
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #1: Integrative Therapies for Cancer

While the medical treatments for cancer can help fight off deadly disease, these life-saving therapies can also cause physical and emotional side effects. For some patients, the use of integrative therapies can help ease or eliminate treatment-related symptoms. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode – the first of the series […]

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Care for adults , Care for children , Survivorship
How Cancer Survivorship Care is Changing

Cancer survivorship programs and services used to be something that patients would think about as they neared the end of active treatment, but that’s changing. “More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before, and partly as a result of that, the model for survivorship care is changing,” says Ann Partridge, […]

January 21, 2016
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Care for adults , Esophageal cancer
Five Things You Need to Know About Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and can sometimes be a precursor for esophageal cancer. The condition occurs when the tissue lining the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) begins to resemble tissue that lines the intestines as a […]

January 20, 2016
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Care for adults , Colon Cancer
Making the Most of Every Day with Metastatic Colon Cancer

By Chris Beaton The day after my 45th birthday, Jan. 6, 2013, serious abdominal pain brought me to the emergency room, where they found a mass in my colon. Within a week, I was diagnosed as stage IIIa colon cancer. I was on the road to recovery by summer, thanks […]

January 18, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Chronic lymphocytic - CLL , Treatments and Procedures
A New Cancer Drug — in the Nick of Time

When Roy Jann was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, it never crossed his mind that he would be a model for the life-saving potential of venetoclax, a new type of cancer drug that had recently entered human testing. The first inkling that something was amiss had come a few weeks […]

January 15, 2016
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Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
How Does Obesity Cause Cancer? Three Leading Theories

This blog post was originally published on the Cancer Research UK science blog. It’s reposted here with minor edits. ‘Love handles’, ‘muffin top’, ‘beer belly’, ‘extra padding’, ‘cuddly bits’, ‘winter insulation’… We all have names for the squishy bits we keep meaning to lose – but apart from not fitting […]

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Cancer research , Precision Cancer Medicine , Treatments and Procedures
What A Cancer Cure ‘Moon Shot’ Might Look Like

This post originally appeared on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. By Barrett Rollins, MD, PhD President Obama’s call for a new national effort against cancer – a “moon shot” – comes at a most opportune time. Cancer research has advanced significantly and now genomic analysis of individuals’ tumors can reveal the specific […]

January 14, 2016
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General interest , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Why Do Stem Cells Have a Strong Odor?

The blood-forming stem cells used in transplants carry hope, promise, and, as many patients report, a strong odor. What gives the cells this distinct smell, which has been compared to that of creamed corn? It comes from the protective solution in which the cells are frozen and stored, rather than […]

January 13, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
When Should I Begin Regular Mammograms? [Infographic]

For women weighing when to start having regular mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, the answer isn’t always clear. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommendations, which were updated in October 2015, specify that women aged 45-54 who are at average risk should undergo yearly mammograms, and every two years […]

January 12, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Tips for Starting College During Cancer Treatment

By Stephen Perez Cancer has a way of putting your life on hold and making you prioritize your health, treatments, and your best attempts to not feel sick through the process. While there’s never a good time for this interruption, my diagnosis came at a particularly difficult time: the second […]

January 11, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness , Health Topics
How Can I Avoid Gaining Weight During Cancer Treatment?

Patients often worry about weight gain as a potential side effect of cancer treatment. Eating behaviors triggered by chemotherapy-related symptoms, taking steroids, and inactivity due to fatigue can all contribute to weight gain. “Chemotherapy can cause certain appetite-related side effects, such as increased appetite, nausea or cravings for sweets and […]

January 8, 2016
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Care for children , Treatments and Procedures
How Can We Make Personalized Therapy for Childhood Cancer a Reality?

This blog post originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s science and clinical innovation blog. By Tom Ulrich For some pediatric cancers, such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia, older forms of therapy — and older ways of defining who receives which therapy — have served well over the last few decades. But […]

January 7, 2016
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Care for adults , Cervical Cancer , Health Topics
What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer screenings, which typically include a pelvic exam and Pap smear, have significantly reduced the number of cervical cancer incidence and death rates in the United States. These screenings are especially important because symptoms of cervical cancer often go undetected until the disease is more advanced. “The vast majority […]

January 6, 2016
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Care for adults , General interest
Hiker Honors Uncle, Friend with 215-Mile Trek

By Philip Daley As someone who has lived in New Hampshire most of my life, I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors. When my friend James Bode hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in California a few years ago, I followed his progress on his blog and thought how cool it would be […]

January 4, 2016
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Care for adults , Chemotherapy
How Long Does Chemotherapy Stay in Your Body?

Chemotherapy agents are powerful drugs used to treat cancer throughout the body. Chemotherapy drugs work by a variety of different mechanisms. Their general effect is to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells, which divide and proliferate quickly. Because some types of healthy cells – such as those that […]

December 31, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Treatments and Procedures
Tips for Communicating with Your Cancer Care Team

One of the most important parts of cancer treatment involves talking with your cancer care team. During your care it’s vital that you are able to openly discuss different aspects of your health, treatment, and symptoms you might be experiencing. To make the most of conversations with your care team, […]

December 30, 2015
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Care for adults , Chemotherapy
Tips for Managing Chemobrain

Many cancer patients experience “chemobrain” – mental clouding or fogginess – during and after chemotherapy treatment. The condition, which can also be worsened by surgery and radiation, can include symptoms like weakened short-term memory, problems finding words, short attention span, and difficulty concentrating and multitasking. Fremonta Meyer, MD, a clinical […]

December 29, 2015
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
If My Lymph Nodes Are Swollen, Do I Have Cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer? Swollen lymph nodes are usually a sign of infection by bacteria or viruses. In a small percentage of cases, though, the swelling can be caused by cancer. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped tissues that act as filters for lymph. Lymph is a clear fluid […]

December 28, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Patient Stories, Adult , Sarcoma
Sarcoma Patient Sets Sights on Nursing Career

Twenty-year-old Amanda Lee has always wanted to be a nurse. But after a life-changing diagnosis in 2012, Lee suddenly had a more personal motivation to pursue her career goals. After seeing her primary care doctor for pain in her lower back, doctors determined Lee had a tumor that was causing […]

December 24, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Prostate cancer
The Latest in Prostate Cancer Research and Treatment

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in the United States, after skin cancer. Yet, “most men die with prostate cancer, not of prostate cancer,” says Mark Pomerantz, MD, a medical oncologist in Dana-Farber’s Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology, who recently shared the latest in prostate cancer research […]

December 23, 2015
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Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Can Cancer Patients Participate in More Than One Clinical Trial at a Time?

Clinical trials are a key part of medical science’s effort to improve treatments for cancer patients. There are a variety of different types of trials, including therapeutic clinical trials, which test the safety and effectiveness of potential new agents in patients. Some patients participate in several therapeutic clinical trials, in […]

December 22, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness , Treatments and Procedures
How Medications for Mood and Anxiety Can Benefit Cancer Patients

By Fremonta Meyer, MD Many people – cancer patients and others – have fears and misconceptions about taking medication to manage their mood, reduce anxiety, and treat conditions such as depression. Some believe taking medication for psychological reasons means they are weak, while others fear they will get addicted to […]

December 21, 2015
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Health Topics , Research , Risk and Prevention
How We Can Reduce Cancer Risk and Lower Health Costs

By Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Yesterday, the Boston Board of Health approved a policy raising the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21. This is great news. As a former smoker, I know how easy it was to pick up the […]

December 18, 2015
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General interest , Health Topics , Prostate cancer , Risk and Prevention
Does Cycling Increase Risk for Testicular or Prostate Cancer?

Since professional cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, many men have wondered about the connection between cycling and testicular cancer, as well as prostate cancer. While a number of studies have looked into a link between the sport and cancer, the findings to date are inconclusive, […]

December 17, 2015
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Brain tumors, childhood , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
One Year After Brain Tumor Surgery, 10-Year-Old Celebrates with Holiday Concert

A year ago, Aimee Fellows couldn’t imagine being back at Boston Children’s Hospital, awaiting the start of another violin concert featuring her daughter. Sophie, now 10 years old, is dressed this time in a frilly white blouse, black skirt and black dress shoes, her first pair of heels, albeit little […]

December 16, 2015
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Cancer research , Melanoma , Treatments and Procedures
What Is CTLA-4 and How Does it Work in Treating Metastatic Melanoma?

Since the early 2000s, when Dana-Farber scientists discovered that many cancer cells carry “checkpoint” proteins that ward off an immune system attack on tumors, a great deal of research has focused on the development and testing of agents capable of blocking those proteins. In many patients, such agents have sent […]

December 15, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Patient Stories, Adult , Patient Stories, Pediatric
For Young Cancer Survivor, Holidays Bring New Hope

By Chelsea Smith Don’t take life for granted. Each day you wake up is an amazing gift. Even though I’ve felt a lot of pain in my life, it’s made me stronger. I’ve always been hopeful for tomorrow, and sometimes that hope pays off. My roller coaster started when I […]

December 14, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Immunotherapy , Melanoma
Remission of Jimmy Carter’s Melanoma Shows Potential of Immunotherapy for Cancer

Former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement earlier this week that he is free of the melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain may be the highest-profile example yet of the promise of a new form of cancer treatment that unleashes an immune system attack on the disease. Carter, 91, […]

December 11, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Coping with Cancer
Tips for Celebrating the Holidays in the Hospital

The holidays bring heartwarming scenes of homecoming and family gatherings, but such plans can be sidetracked by treatment for cancer and related diseases. If you or a loved one need to spend all or part of the holidays in the hospital, consider these tips for brightening the season. Learn what’s […]

December 10, 2015
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Care for adults , Diet and Nutrition
What Should I Eat During Cancer Treatment?

When going through cancer treatment, deciding what to eat can be confusing. For patients with cancer and particularly those undergoing chemotherapy, eating healthy can be key to managing energy levels, immune function, and overall health. It is important to eat a well balanced diet and follow the healthy eating plate […]

December 9, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
What to Say — and Not to Say — to Someone Whose Loved One Has Recently Died

By Sue Morris, PsyD While the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, unfortunately some cancer patients do die from their diseases, leaving grieving family members and friends behind. Many people avoid talking to someone whose loved one has just died – from cancer or other causes – because it […]

December 7, 2015
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Cancer research , Leukemias , Treatments and Procedures
A New Class of Cancer Drug Moves Closer to Potential FDA Approval in Leukemia

Updated April 13, 2015 Venetoclax, a new type of cancer drug known as a Bcl-2 inhibitor, is showing great promise against a poor-prognosis form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and could work in other cancers as well. Venetoclax, formerly known as ABT-199, attacks the protein molecule, Bcl-2, that allows cancer […]

December 6, 2015
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Breast cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
For Teacher with Breast Cancer, ‘Less is More’

The math teacher in Faye Ruopp loves to look at life in equations. One of her favorites after she was diagnosed in June 2014 with breast cancer was “lumpectomy + radiation = mastectomy.” She would notice this theme of “less is more” often during her treatment at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. […]

December 4, 2015
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Melanoma , Risk and Prevention , Uncategorized
Does Having More Moles Increase My Risk of Melanoma?

Moles are benign growths on the skin that sometimes become cancerous. But what exactly is the connection between moles and melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer? While it’s true that people with many moles should be screened more frequently by a dermatologist, scientists are learning that the mole-melanoma connection isn’t […]

December 3, 2015
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Care for adults , Prostate cancer
Understanding PSA Scores

Just as there is no one-size-fits-all number for high blood pressure, a variety of factors can influence whether a man’s PSA score is considered above normal. PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a protein that’s often associated with prostate cancer. A PSA test measures the level of the protein in a […]

December 2, 2015
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Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Despite Difficult Stem Cell Transplant, Teen Remains Active

Drew D’Auteuil is a 17-year-old animal-loving, skiing, rowing, volleyball- playing, honor roll student with braces and a shock of red hair. Although he may seem like a typical teen, D’Auteuil has survived rare, life-threatening complications of a stem cell transplant for severe aplastic anemia. “It’s eye-opening to realize how fragile […]

November 30, 2015
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The Latest in Lung Cancer Treatment and Research

Over the last decade, treatment options for lung cancer patients have evolved drastically. Even in just the last few months, promising research has led to new, approved therapies, and researchers anticipate more advances are on the way. “Drugs are emerging at a rapid pace now,” says Geoffrey Oxnard, MD, of […]

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